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Star Scoop: 22 Jump Street Goes to Space, A Sam Smith Christmas, TIME Announces Its Person(s) of the Year

By  December 10, 2014

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22 Jump Street takes on… alien refugees? In a series of leaked emails from Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, the studio is considering a Channing TatumJonah Hill crossover with Men in Black. Though Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will reportedly have small roles in the mashup, Pascal dubbed the idea “clean and powerful and rad.” [Wall Street Journal]

Sam Smith never fails to mesmerize with his rich, haunting timbre. That said, his rendition of holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” is sure to top our seasonal playlist. [YouTube]

It isn’t Beyoncé. Or Taylor Swift. Not even Kim Kardashian’s attempt at breaking the Internet earned the accolade. TIME announced its person of the year from a shortlist that included Ferguson protestors, Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the first openly-gay CEO, Apple chief Tim Cook. The victor, or victors, though, were crowned for their heroic hearts: the Ebola fighters. [TIME]

Meet Bonnie Hammer: chairman of NBCUniversal’s Cable Entertainment Group and the most-powerful woman in Hollywood. As consumers cut the cord and lean toward online streaming, here’s what she has to say about shaking up cable TV. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Amy Poehler is joy. For reals. The SAG-nominated Parks and Recreation actress will channel the emotion inside the head of a preteen girl named Riley for Pixar’s Inside Out. Here’s the first trailer, where we get a peak at what goes on inside of her parent’s minds, and the five key emotions that run the show. [Vulture]

We’re still waiting on the day when Stephen Colbert officially takes over The Late Show. As for David Letterman, he will bid his final late-night adieu on May 20, 2015. “David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Rumor has it that Diddy and Drake’s Art Basel scuffle had something to do with one of the biggest hip-hop tracks of the year. The latter’s Grammy-nominated “0 to 100” reportedly belonged to Diddy first, a claim he asserted in an expletive-laced video from TMZ. And yes, there is a #DiddyBop. [Stereogum]

Wake me up! Avicii has the most-Shazamed song of all time. Kanye voice. [Billboard]

Notable Nominations: Jennifer Aniston Earns Her First Film SAG Awards Nom

By  December 10, 2014

The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations have arrived, with a washed-up actor’s revival and a family full of hijinks leading the charge.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman racked up four of six film nominations, including chances in the Best Cast, Best Actor and Best Supporting performance categories. On the small screen, Modern Family, as expected, trumped all comedy and drama contenders, with four nominations of its own. Most surprising, though, is Jennifer Aniston’s name on the ballot. After decades in the biz, she earned her first movie SAG Award nomination for her critically-acclaimed portrayal of a woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake. Tune in to the 21st annual ceremony on January 25, 2015 to see if she eats it, too.

FILM

Best Cast
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Naomi Watts, St. Vincent

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fury, Columbia Pictures
Get On Up, Universal Pictures
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Warner Bros. Pictures
Unbroken, Universal Pictures
X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox

TELEVISION

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Downton Abbey, PBS
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
House of Cards, Netflix

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox
Modern Family, ABC
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
Veep, HBO

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis–Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor, Movie or Mini-Series
Adrien Brody, Houdini
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Actress, Movie or Mini-Series
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
24: Live Another Day, Fox
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Sons of Anarchy, FX
The Walking Dead, AMC

51st ANNUAL LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Debbie Reynolds

Star Scoop: Tilda Swinton Tells the Truth, The Year of Taylor Swift, Boyhood Grows Up

By  December 09, 2014

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Imagine Hollywood without the silver screen prowess of Tilda Swinton. We couldn’t either. So this admission of her never wanting to be an actor, but instead a writer, comes as quite a surprise. “When I left university I was going to stop completely because I realized I was not interested in being a professional actor at all,” she told The Carpetbagger blog. “I’m still being distracted from what I really want to do, 30 years later. On it goes, here we are, it’s the end of another year and New Year’s Resolution number one—stop.” [The New York Times]

2014: the year of Taylor Swift. The dame who rejected Spotify, did more than just drop a contender for Grammys gold. From going pop to revolutionizing how artists use social media, here is how the 24 year old changed the game.  [Billboard]

Congrats are in order for Richard Linklater, whose drama, Boyhood, won the top honors at this year’s Los Angeles Film Critics Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Editing. And to think, it only took him 12 years to film. [Vulture]

When Bob Dylan’s new album comes out, it will sound rather familiar. The storied icon is releasing a disc entirely of Frank Sinatra covers. “What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them,” he said of the project, out February 2015. “Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.” [Rolling Stone]

If you thought Netflix’s original series slate was already robust, think again. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the streaming giant wants to develop at least 20 more shows, and eventually release a new one every two weeks. If they brought us Orange is the New Black, just imagine what’s waiting in the rafters. [Vulture]

Stephen Colbert may be out of a job weeks before his eponymous show goes off the air. President Barack Obama made an appearance on Colbert’s late night farce, and took over the host’s spot in an ambitious “The Word” segment—and to thunderous applause. Obama for Comedy Central, 2016?! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Fearless Founders: Meet Dez White of Invisible Text

By  December 09, 2014

 

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Ideas, inspiration, and productivity can occur anywhere. Strong leaders and founders learn how to harness the power of those locations – their happy places – to turn them into a place of productivity. From the coffee shop on their corner to a certain nook of their home, Fearless Founders use their specific locale to grow their idea into a business and passion project. Find out how these founders and innovators transformed their lives thanks to their happy place and a brilliant idea.  

Meet the incredible superhuman Dez White, a gorgeous mother of two and the fearless founder of Invisible Text. White founded her first company just after college, a gossip site called MouthToEars.com, where she honed her entrepreneurial skills and in the process unearthed a need for an app that would allow for safe texting. With World War Selfie Leak of 2014—aka the leak of embarrassing pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and Kirstin Dunst, among others—this problem has only escalated. Invisible Text helps its users practice safe messaging with a Mission Impossible–style futuristic element of self-destruction. It’s not every day that an African-American female tech whiz engineers her way to into solving a problem of this magnitude. Here are 14 things I learned from Dez White, the founder of Invisible Text.

What is Invisible Text?

Invisible Text is the original secure-messaging app, created to protect privacy in a world of open information sharing. Our app allows users to send messages to one another that will self-destruct after a predetermined length of time. This method of private messaging allows participants to carry on conversations without the fear of their information being shared with the world. Our proprietary algorithms and patented message-encoding process mean that messages aren’t saved on our servers, ensuring that whatever a person sends through our app remains confidential.

How do you personally use Invisible Text?

I have a lot of fun with it and use it to send funny messages to friends. But I’ve also used it for many practical purposes, like sending my nanny the alarm code, or if I need to send personal banking or credit card information to my husband.

How did you come up with the idea? 

I was in need of a secure way to send messages and realized that nothing quite like this existed on the market. There are other platforms out there that have similar functions, but their security has been and can be compromised. I also wanted to create an option that would allow people to recall messages. There’s not a single one of us that hasn’t sent something we immediately regretted. Invisible Text users can remotely delete a message at any time before the recipient has opened it.

What is your master plan? 

I plan on releasing three more life-changing apps and reaching young girls through a new organization I founded called Girl Code LA (and soon Girl Code NY). I will also be writing a book on my journey and continuing to work on becoming a better person daily.

Who inspires you? 

My father, Victor! He is amazingly selfless when it comes to my sons. He will do anything for them. He has been a LAPD officer for more than 30 years. Most of his life is geared toward giving back.

How do you stay motivated? 

I am never satisfied, which is a gift and curse. I call my business manager, Dan, daily with ideas, and he tells me his honest opinions. My sons keep me young. I look up to leaders like Magic Johnson, Oprah, and Steve Jobs, so I know I am nowhere near reaching my goals.

What is your daily routine? 

I wake up to a 1-year-old asking me if I can get him some “milky,” and then I get my 3-year-old Cheerios. After that, I walk my dog. I talk to my husband about his day, since he is a graphic designer and it varies. I then work out with my friend and trainer, Charm Killings. After that, I head to the office and spend my day in meetings and coding sessions.

Who is your celebrity crush? 

OMG! I have a few, actually! I love 50 Cent and his work ethic. I love Pharrell’s creativity, and I love the way Zero, the new character on VH1′s Hit the Floor looks. 

What is the toughest obstacle you have to overcome as you pursue your start-up?

Being judged by the color of my skin and my gender. It’s hard and often very disappointing, but I deal with it because I hope to pave the way for young women and young women of color.

What is your go-to work outfit? 

Gap workout leggings in green (my favorite color), a Gap workout top, Chanel flip-flops, my Rolex, and Lancôme lip gloss.  

What is the last math problem you solved?

I calculated how much I would weigh if I stopped eating carbs for a month.

What is your personal motto?

Treat everyone nicely; you don’t know what battle they are fighting. Strive for the top; it’s crowded at the bottom.

Where is your happy place?

Watching reality TV with my doggie, Happy, on the couch.

Where do you get the best ideas and inspiration?

Lying across my bed doing work at 1 a.m.

Learn more about how you can work from your happy place with the HP Stream Notebook. #WorkFromHappyPlace.

jesse draper

UCLA grad, Jesse Draper is a technology expert and creator and host of The Valley Girl Show through which she has become a spokesperson for startups and has helped to pioneer the way of new media content distribution. She oversees everything from pre-production to distribution of the show. Draper started the show because she realized there was no FUN business talk show, only grilling teeth clenching interviews, and she believes the most interesting and inspiring people in the world are the ones who’ve started a business. In her former life, she was on a Nickelodeon show called “The Naked Brother’s Band”. Draper also writes columns for Mashable, Forbes.com and San Francisco Magazine and speaks at business conferences around the world including SXSW, DLD, TEDx, TechVentures and STREAM.

Star Scoop: A Bunch of Girls in Love, Here’s How iTunes Ends the Year, Howard Stern’s Got Talent

By  December 08, 2014

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The closer we get to January 11, the more Girls we’ll see. Lena Dunham and HBO have released a new trailer, this time focusing on the “romantic discord” that will dominate season four. [Vulture]

iTunes is ending the year how any sensible person would: with Beyoncé. Apple’s music app has crowned her the year’s best artist. Frozen triumphed as the app’s best-selling album of 2014, while Grammy hopefuls Taylor SwiftPharrell and Sam Smith earned other best-of superlatives. [Billboard]

Dear America’s Got Talent, I can’t live without you. Signed, Howard Stern. The Sirius XM mainstay is returning to the judges panel for AGT’s tenth season. “America needs a caring, compassionate, and wise judge, and who am I to deny the people what they want?,” he shared via Facebook. “It would be selfish of me to walk away.” We’re sure a hefty paycheck had something to do with his return, too. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Sorry J.J. AbramsGeorge Lucas doesn’t have time for your Star Wars tease. The iconic saga’s founder is not one of the 45 million fans who’ve watched Episode VII’s first trailer. “I like going to the movies and watching the whole thing there,” he told Page Six. “I plan to see it when it’s released.” Someone must like surprises. [Variety]

Mark Wahlberg is begging your pardon. The actor-producer extraordinaire petitioned the state of Massachusetts to expunge a racially-charged assault from his record—one that landed him behind bars for 45 days in 1988. “I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims,” he wrote. “Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.” [Vulture]

Somebody on The Leftovers is getting left behind. For season two, the HBO drama is undergoing a creative reboot, and with it, a majority of its supporting cast will be cut. Its characters will relocate from Mapleton, New York to an undisclosed location, with only Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Margaret QualleyChris Zylka and Christopher Eccleston set to return. [Deadline]

Star Scoop: Beyoncé is One of One, Peter Pan (Kinda) Soars, Stephen Colbert Heads to Capitol Hill

By  December 05, 2014

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She may have nabbed only one nomination for the 2015 Grammy Awards (so far), but Beyoncé still managed to come out on top. Her latest nod, Best Urban Contemporary Album for BEYONCÉ, makes her the most-nominated woman in Grammy history with 47 chances to go for the gold, beating out Dolly Parton who’s racked up 46. Bow Down—that’ll never get old. [Billboard]

Peter Pan didn’t fly so high, after all. NBC’s second turn at producing a live musical broadcast drew in 9.1 million viewers. An impressive number, sure, but it’s just half of what the Peacock did for Carrie Underwood-starrer The Sound of Music Live, which attracted an audience of 18.5 million. Still, execs say they’re “very pleased.” Surely, Allison Williams is, too. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Stephen Colbert is going out with a bang. The satirist is headed to Washington D.C. to interview President Barack Obama on December 8, one of his last tapings before taking David Letterman’s spot on The Late Show. [TIME]

So. Here’s what we know about Kim Kardashian’s broken-Internet bum. 1). Kanye West gave an official thumbs-up after finding out that Jean-Paul Goude would be shooting the Paper magazine cover. 2). Said confirmation didn’t come until the night before the actual shoot. 3). Kardashian really did flex her posterior power to balance that champagne glass. 4). There were 40 bottles of champagne on deck. 5). Photoshop played a hand. 6). And, most importantly, little Nori didn’t was not subjected to watching the four hour shoot, or the baby oil application process. [ELLE]

Notable Nominations: Will Sam Smith be Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Grammys?

By  December 05, 2014

Updated: As of Friday, December 5, BeyoncéSam Smith, and Pharrell are tied with the most nominations, six apiece. 

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences began rolling out its 2015 Grammy nominations Friday morning, and so far, newcomer Sam Smith is leading the pack.

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Smith—whose In the Lonely Hour peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and has sold nearly 2 million copies to date—is up for Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best New Artist…so far. In the latter category, he’ll face off against “Fancy” favorite Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clark, and HAIM. Bets on who’ll win?!

Check out the rest of the 2015 Grammy nominations below and get your brackets up by February 8.

Album of the Year
Beck, Morning Phase
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl 

Record of the Year
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin’

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Song
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
U2, Songs of Innocence
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Beck, Morning Phase
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Brandy Clark
HAIM
Sam Smith

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
SOJA, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Best Rap Performance 
Childish Gambino, “305”
Drake, “0 to 100/The Catch Up”
Eminem, “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar, “i”
Lecrae, “All I Need Is You”

Best Traditional Pop Album
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barry Manilow, Night Songs
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Barbra Streisand, Partners

Best Alternative Album
alt-J, This Is All Yours
The Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Cage the Elephant, Melophobia
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Jack White, Lazaretto

Song of the Year
Holzier, “Take Me to Church”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Darkchild Version)
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

Best Soundtrack
American Hustle
Frozen
Get On Up
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash, The River & the Thread
John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender
Keb’ Mo’, Bluesamericana
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Best Pop/Duo Performance
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, “Say Something”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Katy Perry and Juicy J, “Dark Horse”

Best Music Video
Sia, “Chandelier”
The Arcade Fire, “We Exist”
Lil’ Jon, “Turn Down for What”
Pharrell, “Happy”
Woodkid & Max Richter, “The Golden Age”

Best Dance Recording
Basement Jaxx, “Never Say Never”
Clean Bandit and Jess Glynn, “Rather Be”
Mary J. Blige and Disclosure, “F for You”
Duke Dumont “I Got You”
ZHU, “Faded”

Best Spoken-Word Album 
James Franco, Actors Anonymous
Jimmy Carter, A Call to Action,
John Waters, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America
Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance
Joan Rivers, Diary of a Mad Diva
Gloria Gaynor, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song

Best Comedy Album
Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun
Jim Gaffigan, Obsessed
Louis C.K., Oh My God
Patton Oswalt, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time
Sarah Silverman, We Are Miracles 

Star Scoop: Flawless is On Top, James Bond’s New Battle, Andre 3000... a Sellout?!

By  December 04, 2014

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TIME did what any sensible authority would do when crowning the top music moments of 2014: gave the number one spot to Queen Bey. It named the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Flawless” remix the best song of the year, citing its “sheer star power” as a defining factor. Others that made the list include Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Tinashe’s “2 On,” and Future-Pusha T-Pharrell collab, “Move That Dope.” [TIME]

From Skyfall to Sceptre. James Bond 24 finally has an official name…and car: the Aston Martin DB10. Sceptre was dubbed after “the international criminal syndicate Bond battled throughout the ’60s and ’70s,” and will star Daniel CraigNaomie Harris, and newcomers Christoph WaltzLéa Seydoux, and Monica Bellucci. We can hear Adele singing a “Sceptre” tune now. [Vulture]

We stanked OutKast smelly much after their summer 2014 reunion tour, especially since it got André 3000 back out into the spotlight. He, however, wasn’t too fond of the comeback. “I didn’t want to do the tour,” he said in an interview with The Fader. “We hadn’t performed in 10 years. It was old songs… [I felt] like a sellout.” We, 3 Stacks, have to disagree. [The Fader]

You listened—literally—and NPR is answering your call. Popular crime podcast, Serial, has been picked up for a second season thanks to fan donations and sponsorships. Producers say they don’t know when it will air, or even what it will be about, but it. Is. Happening! [Vulture]

Could Denzel Washington be teaming with a guardian of the galaxy? Chris Pratt is in talks to join Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s Magnificent Seven remake. The drama will follow “seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws,” which should suit Pratt just fine. [Variety]

Hollywood has joined in on the topic of race and police brutality after controversial grand jury decisions surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Here, Jon Stewart, brilliantly adds his two cents to the conversation. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Star Scoop: Quvenzhane Is Even Cuter Than Before, Hear Two New LDR Songs, All James Franco Wants for Christmas Is...

By  December 03, 2014

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If you thought Quvenzhané Wallis couldn’t get any cuter, think again. After becoming the youngest actress — ever — to receive an Academy Award nomination, the pint-sized powerhouse is posing it up for a cover story with New York Times Style Magazine. Even more adorable: her anecdotes about beasting the Annie cast out of big bucks, Ariana Grande, and stopping at two slices of pizza because she’s only “11 and a quarter.” [Vulture]

Forecast: Lana Del Rey will not be snubbed at the 2015 Oscars. Why you ask? Because her two new songs, written and recorded for Amy Adams-starrer Big Eyessing say so. Fans of her melodramatic moods can stream “Big Eyes” and “I Can Fly” now, ahead of the biopic’s Christmas Day release. [Vulture]

All James Franco wants for Christmas is… a foot-long sub. Here’s the actor/director/Ivy Leaguer/professor in all of his glory, promoting his third hosting gig on the Saturday Night Live stage. [YouTube]

Oh… Nicki Minaj will be there, too. [Deadline]

There was no escaping John Legend’s “All of Me,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” or Pharrell’s “Happy” in 2014. So, when we heard that YouTube sensation Us the Duo mashed up the year’s biggest hits in less than three minutes, we were beyond thrilled. Still, we have to ask… why didn’t “7/11” make the cut? [Huffington Post]

Kourtney Kardashian is giving that whole #BreakTheInternet thing a whirl in the new issue of DuJour magazine, baby bump and all. “To me, nudity is not something to be ashamed of,” she said in the issue, referencing her choice to pose nude while waiting on baby number three. “I’m not embarrassed of my body. I’m at my best when I’m pregnant. It’s such an amazing feeling, the transformation that your body goes through. There’s something about that that’s so empowering and beautiful and I just really embrace it.” We’re sure little sister Kim Kardashian agrees. [E! Online]

HBO is making room for more girls on the network. The premium cabler has given Doll & Em—a comedy about an actress who hires her BFF as her personal assistant—the go for a second season… and managed to work Evan Rachel Wood and Olivia Wilde into the storyline. [Variety]

Cara Delevingne is a Killer: See Who She’ll Join In ‘Suicide Squad’

By  December 03, 2014

British Fashion Awards - Red Carpet ArrivalsCara Delevingne is taking her crossover appeal quite seriously. After nabbing roles in 2015’s Pan and Paper Towns and showcasing her vocal prowess in a Chanel short opposite Pharrell, the model-turned-actress has landed her biggest silver screen role to date.

Delevingne will join Academy Award-winner Jared Leto, two-time nominee Will SmithMargot RobbieTom Hardy and Jai Courtney in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad. The saga “centers on the team of supervillains who are given a chance at redemption by the government,” in a mission that could ultimately lead to their demise, according to Variety. Delevingne will play The Enchantress (not to be confused with the Thor nemesis of the same name), while her five cohorts will assume sinister alter egos of The Joker (Leto), Deadshot (Smith), Harley Quinn (Robbie), Rick Flag (Hardy), and Boomerang (Courtney).

“The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one,” president Greg Silverman said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

The antihero epic will be helmed by Ayer (of Training Day and End of Watch fame), with an August 5, 2016 release date. While a majority of the cast has finalized negotiations, there are still two prominent roles that have yet to be filled. Jesse Eisenberg is being pursued to reprise his Superman v. Batman role as Lex Luthor; while the shortlist for Suicide Squad head Amanda Waller includes Viola DavisOctavia Spencer and (top pick!) Oprah Winfrey.

As for Delevingne, her brooding brows will surely serve her villainous disposition well.